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Skater Boy by Mary Catherine Gebhard
Rebels. Misfits. Bad boys who rule the streets. Everyone’s welcome at the worst kept secret in town, just as long as you don’t mind getting your reputation—and your heart—a little dirty.
Welcome to Patchwork House…
Patchwork House is a boy’s club—a mean boy’s club. They made an exception for Tweetie once, and they’re going to make another, because she’s coming home. After two years away and one too many broken hearts, Tweetie swore off skaters—but she never expected Flip.
Flip was the most famous skater in the world until he traded his place at Patchwork with the little girl whose life he ruined. Now Tweetie’s all grown up, and one chance encounter brings them together. He knows the right thing to do is disappear before things get ugly, but he never was very good at being good.
She’s back, and so is he—all bets are off. Nothing will stop this bad boy from finally getting his lost girl. They’re written in the stars, and it’s time she knows it.
The first lesson Flip taught Tweetie was how to fall.It was also the last thing she remembered when they met again, because she didn’t just fall for him.
▶RELEASE DATE: APRIL 25thYA/NA
Series: Patchwork House #1
Genres: Romance, New Adult
Format: ARC, eBook, Review Copy
I read this book in a day. I couldn’t put it down. It was one of the best slow-burn romance stories I’ve ever read <3
Set in the 80s, this book revolves around Flip, one of the most famous skaters in the world, and Tweetie, a young woman determined to defy the odds by being one of the first female skaters to take the competitive skating world by storm. Along the way, she returns to her home–otherwise known as the Patchwork House–after being away for a couple of years. The Patchwork House is well known for being home to the “bad boys” of the neighborhood, and they have one rule: no girls. That rule went out the window when Tweetie, homeless and recently orphaned, came into the boys’ lives.
Tweetie is like a beacon to Flip; when she returns to the Patchwork House, he inevitably returns, as well. When they meet again, sparks fly–but Tweetie is determined not to be just another notch on Flip’s bedpost. She wants love and a real relationship, and until Flip can prove to her that that’s what he’s looking for, as well, she’s doing everything in her power to resist him. But the more they’re around each other, the more their eyes seek one another out in a crowded room, the more Flip leaves lingering touches, and the more secrets they reveal about themselves, the harder it is to deny the strength of their attraction.
But there’s so much more to this story than simply trying to deny their feelings. There are deep secrets that have the potential to cause irreparable damage, but without bringing them into the light, there’s no way Flip and Tweetie can begin an honest relationship. What Flip doesn’t know is if Tweetie will ever forgive him for the part he’s played in completely upending her life. It takes a while for the truth to come out, but once it does, they’re faced with some new challenges that will either give them a firm foundation to begin their relationship or will leave them shattered both in pieces. I don’t want to say so much for fear of giving spoilers, but following their story through both points of view–both in the past and in the present–is angsty, raw, and so swoony, I could hardly stand it. <3
This is a wonderfully written book with compelling and relatable characters–and a deliciously slow burn romance that left me scorched by the end of it. I adored this book and I will be anxiously awaiting book two!
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